Matt Vildzius was on his third breakfast of the day Wednesday morning as he noshed on the blueberry lemon pancakes at Whole Foods as part of Boulder's Bike to Work Day.

Vildzius had created a prioritized breakfast map for himself for what's essentially become a summer holiday in Boulder.

"I bike to work most days, so I decided to do a tour of all the breakfast stations in town," Vildzius said. "I made a route and picked ones that sounded good."

Organizers from the Denver Regional Council of Governments expected 30,000 cyclists from across the Front Range to have participated in Bike to Work Day, which encourages residents to hop on some form of two-wheeled transportation and get out of their cars.

In Boulder, a record number of breakfast and bike service stations, 57, hosted cyclists for music, giveaways, free food and bike tune-ups as the sun rose higher in the sky Wednesday morning.

For Vildzius, commuting to work by bike is so much less stressful than driving — and it doesn't take him much longer, either.

Jacquie Martina began riding her bike to work every day about a month after the September flood that devastated much of the Front Range. She said her car was entirely submerged in water, but somehow the interior stayed dry. Though she let the engine dry out for several weeks, her car was toast.

She still hasn't replaced it, and said the only time she notices not having a car is during thunderstorms.


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"This is my fifth Bike to Work Day since I moved out here from Michigan," Martina said, adding that she rode a bike there, too. "Here it's just so much easier to bike, so much easier to get places."

Gail Fray of Columbine Lions was helping serve sausages and pancakes to people parking their bikes outside the Civic Center northeast of Third Avenue and Kimbark Street, one of the traditional downtown hubs for Bike to Work Day in Longmont.

Fray said she didn't know how much of that food the organization had on hand.

"We just keep making them until everybody's gone," she said.

Several of those taking advantage of the Civic Center station's breakfast offerings said they're city employees themselves.

Bobby King, the city's chief human resources officer, said he rides his bike there from his northwest Longmont home "about three times a week, when the weather gets nice."

Commuting by bike "helps take care of the environment, reduces emissions," King said, adding that personally, "I love getting exercise the first thing in the morning."

Longmont Times Call Staff Writer John Fryar contributed to this report.

Contact Camera Staff Writer Sarah Kuta at 303-473-1106, kutas@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/sarahkuta.